The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health will celebrate its 25th anniversary and its efforts to promote the economic security, health, and well-being of America´s low-income families and children at a luncheon and forum October 9 on the Columbia University campus. NCCP’s achievements over the last 25 years will be highlighted, past center directors will be acknowledged, and two awardees will be honored and make remarks about the importance of the Center’s work.
The first honoree is Dr. David Hamburg, president emeritus of Carnegie Corporation of New York, who will receive the NCCP Trailblazer Award for his pioneering role in highlighting the risks child poverty poses and making the education and healthy development of children and adolescents and the preparation of young people for a productive future priorities of Carnegie. The second honoree is Tavis Smiley, who launched The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience, traveling the country to highlight the effects of poverty and searching for ways to address them. And, by the way, Smiley is also a member of the 2014 cast of Dancing with the Stars.
Broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, will moderate a discussion on “Taking Stock: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go, and What’s Required to Get There,” with panelists from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Urban Institute, and the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families. A second session, moderated by Curtis Skinner, NCCP’s director of Family Economic Security, is titled, “The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It: Innovations in Poverty Prevention and Reduction.” Both afternoon panels will address the past, present, and future of poverty prevention and reduction, and will be live- streamed.
“This milestone event to celebrate 25 years of service in support of poor children and families in America is taking place at a pivotal time in our nation’s history,” said Dr. Renée Wilson-Simmons, NCCP director. “The focus on poverty and its alleviation has continued to increase, and this event will not only highlight past successes but also propose next steps in the road to equality of opportunity.”